Irma Dreckman


Irma Theresa Dreckman, 94, Pipestone, died Sunday, July 2, 2017, at the Good Samaritan Community of Pipestone.

A Mass of Christian Burial was Thursday, July 6, at St. Leo Catholic Church in Pipestone. Interment followed at St. Martin Cemetery in Woodstock.

Irma Pottebaum was born March 28, 1923, to John and Susan (Mousel) Pottebaum. She grew up in Alton, Iowa, and completed her education at St. Mary's Academy.

On Feb. 5, 1945, she married Adrian Dreckman at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alton. They farmed near Struble, Iowa, until 1952 when they bought a farm southeast of Ruthton. After Adrian's death on March 28, 1975, Irma continued to stay on the farm and did volunteer work until she began as custodian at Ruthton Public School. She worked there for five years before working at Hope Day Activity Center for disabled adults. Irma also did substitute cooking at the Ruthton Senior Mealsite.

In 1986 she moved to Pipestone. She worked as a cook for the Pipestone Senior Dining Site until she started working for Progress, Inc. In 1996 she moved to Luverne and resided at the Centennial Apartments. On May 17, 2011, Irma became a resident of Good Samaritan Communities of Pipestone.

Irma was a past member of St. Martin Catholic Church in Woodstock, St. Leo Catholic Church in Pipestone and currently a member of St. Catherine Catholic Church in Luverne. She was active in the 4-H Club as a leader and received a pin for 25 years of service. Irma enjoyed helping with the county fair projects getting them ready and working at the Murray County Fair. She enjoyed crocheting and sewing many quilts. Irma enjoyed working on puzzles, reading books and coloring pictures for her grandchildren.

Irma is survived by her children, Mary Lynn (Lyle) Portz, Pipestone, Joyce (Lauren) Meyer, Lucan, Shirley (Loren) Fick, Luverne, John (Bonita) Dreckman, Balaton, Stanley (Donna) Dreckman, West Fargo, North Dakota, Bonnie Dreckman and Roger (Lisa) Dreckman, all of Post Falls, Idaho, and Richard Dreckman (special friend, Arlene Hinsch), Luverne; 18 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Maxine Pottebaum; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; brothers John Jr. (Virginia), Cecil (Joyce), Fred (Florence), Bernard (Esther) and Richard Pottebaum; sisters Mildred (Lou) DeLatuer, Marcene (Bernard) Cole, Armella (Gerald) Homan, and Carol Jean (Daniel) Pick; and a great-granddaughter, Parker Dreckman.

Arrangements were by Hartquist Funeral Home of Pipestone,

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